In a 62 – 38 “no” vote, Massachusetts’ Question 2 – the one to lift the cap on the number of charter schools allowed in the state – failed.
Residents in Massachusetts remain faced with an arbitrary maximum of 120 charter schools statewide. What’s more is that the performance of students enrolled in the state’s 78 charter schools often eclipses that of traditional public school students. Despite the fact that we know empirically that charters can and do serve students well, bad actors in the educational reform movement – including the unions bent on preserving their power and the educational status quo – have prevented children from entering new charter schools in the future.
At PublicSchoolOptions.org, we will continue to encourage parents to advocate on behalf of their students. We know that children deserve a learning environment tailored to their needs, and we will not stop pushing until every state trusts parents to make educational choices.
Today, we stand with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker in his fight to expand access to great schools in the Bay State. His quote to the Boston Globe exemplified the noble nature of the school choice cause and the importance of resilience in the face of difficulty: “I am proud to have joined with thousands of parents, teachers and education reformers in a worthwhile campaign to provide more education choices for students stuck in struggling districts, and while Question 2 was not successful, the importance of that goal is unchanged.”